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Ghazal Foroutan is an Iranian designer and design educator based in Southern California, USA. She won the 13th Khawrizmi Youth Awards for her illustrations with watch pieces in 2012 leading to her acceptance to Alzahra University In Tehran, Iran. She graduated with her BFA in graphic design from AU in 2017. She worked for Studio Shizaru for two years before she moved to the USA in 2018. She graduated with her MFA in graphic design at Oklahoma State University in 2021. Her thesis was a collection of visual explorations in response to Iranian women’s rights. 


MFA in Graphic Design  Oklahoma State University 2018– 2021 

BFA in Graphic Design Alzahra University, Tehran, IR  2014– 2017


Part-time Lecturer Chapman University 2024 – 2025

Assistant Professor Tenure Track, Augusta University 2021 – 2023

Graduate Teaching Assistant Oklahoma State University 2018 – 2021 

English Instructor Safir Language Academy, Tehran, IR  2015

Work Experience

Design Army Designer 2023

Peelē Design  Founder 2021–Present

Morgan Robinson Studio Graphic Design Intern, Stillwater, OK  2019

OSU App Center UI & UX Designer, Stillwater, OK 2019

Studio Shizaru Graphic Designer, Tehran, IR   2016–2018 Tapsel, Graphic, Motion Designer, Tehran, IR  2016

Co-Founder of Watchcollage 2012


WhatsApp, Annonymous Lab  Typography for Layla Faraj Short Film 2023

Even/Odd X Kiarostami Foundation Mulberry Jam Label 2022

FISK Gallery Nowruz Collection 2021-2022 


V&A Museum Permenant Collection London, UK 2023

Eyedrum Exhibition Juried Art Exhibition; Professors of ArtAtlanta, GA  2022

Augusta University Department of Art & Design Gertrude Herbert, Augusta 2022

The Ties that Bond Gertrude Herbet Institute of Art, Augusta, GA 2021

JRB Art Gallery “Photographic portraiture” Oklahoma City, OK 2021

Cascade Community Library, Watch Collage Illustration, Vancouver, WA 2013

Battle Ground Library Exhibition Watch Collage Illustration, Vancouver, WA 2013

Alzahra Photography Exhibition Nature Photography, Tehran, IR 2014

Carlsbad Oceanside Art League Watch Collage Illustration, Sandi-ego, CA  2014

Dal Annual Exhibition Student Graphic Design Festival Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, IR  2015

Time Museum Exhibition Watch Collage Illustration, Tehran, IR  2015

Ibn Sina Museum Exhibition Watch Collage Illustration, Tehran, IR  2015

Graphic Design Week Exhibition Typography Posters, Alzahra University, Tehran, IR  2015

Unique Art Gallery Watch Collage Illustration, Tehran, IR  2016–2017

Modella Art Gallery MFA Thesis Exhibition, Stillwater, OK, USA  May 2021


Indigo International Awards Gold in Design for Social Change 2022

Graphex 53 Best in Self Promotion , Tulsa's Art Director's Club 2022

Graphex 52 Best of Print, Tulsa's Art Director's Club 2021

Graphex 52 Best of Print, Tulsa's Art Director's Club 2021

Applied Arts Awards Best in Illustration 2021

Salute Awards Winner of Merit Awards 2021

Salute Awards Best in Poster, Honorable Mention  2021

Salute Awards Best in illustration, Honorable Mention  2021

Graphex 51 Best of Print, Tulsa's Art Director's Club 2020

Graphex 51 Best of Print, Tulsa's Art Director's Club 2020

Ms International OSU Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 2018

Sri Lanka Typo-Day Poster Festival Typography Poster, Sri Lanka  2016

13th Khawrizmi Youth Awards Watch Collage Illustration 2end in the country, Tehran, IR  2013


Canvas Rebel Young Entrepreneurs "Meaning & Purpose" 2023

Unlady Like Podcast The feminist Iranian Revolution 2022

Jagwire Magazine Augusta University, Using art and design as a sign of protest 2022

The Guardian Magazine Iranian women using art to protest by Fuchsia Hart 2022

Design Week Iranian diaspora designers pledge support 2022

Future Voices Podcast Guest speaker 2021

Iranian Channel 5 2013

IRIB1/ Channel 2/1 2015–2013

Javan Magazine 2013

Kasb-o-Kar Newspaper 2013

Green Family Magazine 2014


Resilience Magazine Bosla Arts, London, UK 2022

Revealing Recording Reflecting Women Graphic Designers, Khatt Foundation 2022

Makhzan Magazine An Arabic Typography Magazine for the middle eastern designers 2020

3rd Baban Graphic Yearly Book Baban Publications  2017

The Dream’s Image Pouya-Nama Publications  2016

2nd Baban Graphic Yearly Book Baban Publications  2016


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